Republican U.S. Representative Calls For Censorship Of American Media

by Ben Hoffman

WEST: “There are different means by which you can be attacked. I mean it doesnt have to be a bomb or an airplane flying into a building. It doesn’t have to be a shooting. It can be through cyber attacks, it could be through leaking of very sensitive classified information. Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.”

Newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, news wires like the Associated Press, as well as thousands of blogs have reported on the WikiLeaks cables. According to West, all of these outlets could be guilty of “aiding and abetting of a serious crime.” West campaigned for office as a “Tea Party” Republican, but he does not share the Founding Father’s view of the Constitution or the First Amendment. Emphasizing the necessity of a free press enshrined in the Bill of Rights, Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
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Talk about advocating for big government! Republicans want the U.S. to be more like China and have our information censored. They want to tell women what they can or cannot do with their bodies. They want our children indoctrinated with bizarre religious propaganda. They want to be able to lock you up indefinitely with no trial or access to a lawyer.

But right-wingers won’t be outraged over this since he’s one of theirs, and they haven’t been told to be outraged. Right-wingers advocate for fascism, which is exactly where our country is heading.

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5 Comments to “Republican U.S. Representative Calls For Censorship Of American Media”

  1. I think it’s very Orwellian and scary that the definition of what used to be “journalist” is now “terrorist”, and that definition has been pulverized to mean “any one who the government deems undesirable.”

    I have a theory that I’d like to get your input on. The more I think about it, the more it seems that to conservatives the “golden age” was not the 50’s, but the early middle ages. I think their ideal society would be like something after the fall of Rome. Think about it:

    If a central government does exist, it’s main power is to kill foreigners and tax the poor. (Nobles were exempt from taxes) There was no middle class and completely uneducated poor were either just getting enough food not to starve or were serfs. (Serfs and slaves are great for cutting down overhead costs in a business)
    Furthermore, the church was extremely powerful, women were property, and the scientific method didn’t exist. On top of all this throw in the crusades and you still get to frolic in the desert killing dark skinned non-Christians! It’s a conservative’s wet dream!

    • You may be right.

      To add to that… Lower-middle-class right-wingers have low self-esteem. They resent the middle class for doing better than them and they blame their problems on blacks and Hispanics. That is why they’re against policies that help either one of those groups. And it makes them feel good to advocate for policies that help the wealthy. Right-wingers are all about emotion.

  2. Wow, check this out. US Airforce censoring News Websites openly in retaliation for wikileaks.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1429593820101214

  3. Talk about advocating for big government!

    I agree with you on this one. The free press is critical to our way of life.

    They want to tell women what they can or cannot do with their bodies.

    Not at all. Women can do whatever they want with their bodies. What they can’t do is whatever they want to their children’s bodies.

    They want our children indoctrinated with bizarre religious propaganda.

    So do you.

    They want to be able to lock you up indefinitely with no trial or access to a lawyer.

    Again, I agree with you on this one.

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